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    Hello all,

    I am starting college this fall and my intended major is and has been for a long time Anthropology. With the discovery of this website I have been even more interested in the subject. How do you think this major will take part in my new lifestyle? Do you think that with this degree I can perhaps work one day for a good cause (i.e the promotion of primal diet)? I have no desire in making tons of money, by the way.

    For those who had or are having a college experience, do you find that what they teach there is completely against what we believe in?

    Can you recommend me some anthropology books that deal with this particular subject?

    Thank you.

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    rphslv, Congrats on starting college. I have a masters degree in Comp Sci and have always wanted to do Anthropology, but then life happened and I write programs for a living. It&#39;s so heartening to see your goal of working towards a degree that you can one day use for a good cause. I myself have been having thoughts about going back to school and ressurecting my dream of studying Anthropology, more so, after becoming Primal. I too am looking to read books on nutrition from an Anthropologist&#39;s point of view and how it evolved over the years.


    I don&#39;t know of any anthropology books that deal with primal lifestyle but you can have a look at Weston A. Price&#39;s "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration". I haven&#39;t read the book (I&#39;m still trying to fininsh GCBC) but intend to. WAP was a Cleveland-based dentist, who, in the 1930&#39;s set out to study cultures subsisting on a traditional diet as opposed to "modern foods".

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      Thank you for your compliments. I can almost say it was fate that I&#39;ve come across this website. If I understand correctly, Price is, in a way, the founder of the modern Primal Diet? I&#39;ve heard a lot about him.

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        Price advocated traditional diet - the way our forebears have been eating for centuries - unadulterated , wholesome, minimally-processed foods that have been prepared in a way as to eliminate the toxins while preserving the nutrients. You could say Primal is a subset of the diet advocated by WAP. You can learn more from this site:


        http://www.westonaprice.org/splash_2.htm

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          Ah I see. Sorry I am a n00b, but what is GCBC?

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            Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes - a must read.


            http://www.amazon.com/Good-Calories-...0633517&sr=8-1

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              Thank you, I will surely add it to my already HUGE list of books to read heh

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                GCBC = Good Calories Bad Calories (not really an Anthropomorphic book)


                try:


                Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed


                or


                Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies

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                  BB89, Thank you. The latter sounds especially interesting!

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                    Google Wm. Banting. First low carb sorta primal eater, 1863.

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                      I suspect that promoting the primal lifestyle through anthropological research and evidence might be a smoother road for you than if you were to, say, study to be a nutritionist. That would be like trying to beat a brick wall down with your bare hands.

                      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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